This quick and easy fruit salad combines ripe strawberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges with a hint of lime.
Going berry picking is such a quintessential summertime activity, but what happens when you get home and have numerous pounds of berries sitting in the kitchen waiting to be used?
If you’re like me, you eat them by the handful while frantically scanning Pinterest for new recipes to try before the berries get all wrinkly. It happens fast, doesn’t it?
This fruit salad is the perfect recipe to make when you are buried in fruit and don’t know what to make or when you need a super simple side for a cookout, backyard bbq, picnic or party!
When making fruit salad always look for fresh and seasonal fruit for the best results. Here’s what I would recommend including:
All of the fruit in this recipe are just suggestions! I obviously love this combination and think it’s perfect as is, but if you have different fruit on hand or want to clean out the fridge, feel free to switch up which fruit you use!
A lot of fruit salads will also include some sort of melon like cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon. Feel free to add some sort of melon to this recipe if you have one on hand!
Apples are also a great addition if you’re looking for a crunch. They do tend to go brown quickly so just keep that in mind.
Banana is also a common fruit seen in fruit salad and while I love bananas, they tend to go brown and slimy relatively quickly so I don’t usually put them in my fruit salad. Of course, you’re welcome to add it if you’d like!
The best part about fruit salad is how easy it is to make! Here’s the two-step process:
Toss: In a large bowl toss together strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, grapes and mandarin oranges. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, lime zest and maple syrup.
Serve: Drizzle lime dressing over fresh fruit mixture, toss and serve immediately.
Growing up my mom used to add a sprinkle of sugar to fresh fruit salad to help the fruit release their juices and soften.
For this recipe I recommend adding a little pure maple syrup or honey to make a lime “dressing” of sorts, which takes this salad to the next level and really brightens up the flavor of the fruit.
That said, I have made this fruit salad without the maple syrup/honey and it’s still just as delicious. If you’re using seasonal, ripe fruit, the salad should be sweet enough without any added sugar.
Fruit salad is best fresh, but it will keep for a few days if you make it in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.